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Tommy Fleetwood delighted with Tiger grouping

Tommy Fleetwood is relishing the opportunity he has to play alongside Tiger Woods at this years’ Masters – and is confident of outperforming one of his childhood idols.

Fleetwood is making his second appearance at Augusta National after missing the cut on his debut last year, and was delighted to be drawn with the four-time champion and Australia's Marc Leishman.

The return of Woods has dominated the build-up to this year's Masters and the 42-year-old is certain to attract the largest gallery of patrons, but Fleetwood insists he will welcome the extra attention rather than be daunted or overwhelmed.

"The first real Masters I watched was 1997, when he won his first," said the European No 1. "A few years on and I get to play with him and I don't think you can get a better draw than Tiger at the Masters, especially with what's going on in golf at the moment,” Fleetwood said.

"Tiger was in his pomp when I was growing up. There was something about this week where I thought to myself, for some reason, I'm going to get Tiger Woods this week.

"I walked to the putting green and it was the biggest mass of people you could imagine around here, just to see him and Phil walking off the 18th green so you get an idea of how busy it's going to be.

"As well as concentrating on my stuff I'll get to watch him up close and see what he does and there's nothing better than that."


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